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Protest Poster Painting Party • January 18th, 2017

This Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Protest Poster Painting Party  
FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Sponsored by Akbar! 
$4 Drink specials from Akbar: We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We Didn’t Come Out of the Closet for This Shit!!!  

CraftNight gets UPPITY!!!!
There are THREE HUGE Demonstrations in Los Angeles this week!
We invite your beautiful brave butt to Akbar to Help Make Protest Signs for the upcoming rallies for yourself and others!
Come and paint and drink while supplies last!!!!

Here is the FB Event Page, please RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough supplies on hand.

Exercise your first amendment rights to be seen and heard:

**** Rally to Save Roe – Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 PM NCJW | LA Council House 543 N Fairfax. Los Angeles, 90036

**** United Against Hate Inauguration March Los Angeles – Friday Jan 20 at 11 AM – 6 PM • Olympic/Figeroa [LA Live]

**** Womens March Los Angeles – Saturday, January 21 at 9 AM Pershing Square

We will have poster board, paints, brushes, example slogans, and handouts about:
1.) Why public protest is important and useful
2.) What your rights are during a peaceful public protest
3.) Information on the organizations holding demonstrations and the issues they represent
4.) Guidelines on further types of activism

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Upcoming Crafts and Events:

January 25th Craft: Winter Birdhouse Thermometer Kit!
February 1st Craft: Conversation Caterpillar Craft!
February 8th Craft: CraftNight’s Depraved Valentine Party!!!

Wednesday January 30th • 8pm • Bet Yer Bottom Bingo! ~~~~ The Winter Hearth Edition. We kickoff the year with numbers on balls, cozy and toasty,  just the way you like it! Win big bottles o’ booze and other goodies!

 

Posted by on January 17, 2017 in Freeform Craft, Messy Craft, Painting Craft

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Mugs-n-Stuff • January 11th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Mugs-n-Stuff 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Confidence in a glass! 

There’s nothing like sipping hot cocoa from your very own self-decorated fancy cocoa mug, is there? I’ve got limited supply of these lovely plastic receptacles, they are scientifically proven to hold hot cocoa, or even cold milk, or water, or whatever liquid you fancy!

When the mugs run out, and you don’t get one in time, there will be no wailing or gnashing of teeth, because I’ll have a “winter assortment” of other projects that are oh-so-seasonally-appropriate collection for this deliciously rainy season. Come on in and take a break, yeah you, a real bona fide break!

Because: Is life just a series of errands and New Year’s Resolutions that you complete and BOOM, you accomplished a lot of stuff and everything’s perfect? How about those less glamorous but just-as-important imperfect micro moments (ie: standing in line at the bank without looking at your phone, putting together a jigsaw puzzle of beach balls and cats, having meaningful and slow conversations, sipping cocoa)?

There is no doubt that there’s work to do, things to finish, goals to reach, no one disputes such a thing. But if you don’t relax and take time for yourself, nothing’s to get done, because you’ll be all crunch and yelly and not hearing the pulse of your own life force.

Recreation isn’t a luxury, darling, it’s a necessity. Come on over and treat yourself!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Upcoming:

Wednesday January 18th – SIGN MAKING SALON! Help Make Protest Signs for the upcoming rallies for yourself and others! Exercise your first amendment rights to be seen and heard:

**** Rally to Save Roe – Thursday, January 19 at 5:30 PM NCJW | LA Council House 543 N Fairfax. Los Angeles, 90036 >>> More Info Here
**** United Against Hate Inauguration March Los Angeles – Friday Jan 20 at 11 AM – 6 PM >>> Here’s the FB Event 
**** Womens March Los Angeles – Saturday, January 21 at 9 AM Pershing Square >>> More Info on FB


Wednesday January 30th • 8pm • Bet Yer Bottom Bingo! ~~~~ The Winter Hearth Edition. We kickoff the year with numbers on balls, cozy and toasty,  just the way you like it! Win big bottles o’ booze and other goodies!

 

Posted by on January 11, 2017 in Coloring Craft, EZ Craft

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First CraftNight of the Year! January 4th, 2017

TONIGHT! Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: TBD
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: The way and the life and the truth!   

It’s a TBD craft tonight, because I’m going craft supply hunting after I finish writing this!

I’m not gonna lie, January 4th is a rough day for me, it’s the 10th anniversary of the murder/death of one of my best friends ever: Helen Hill. The day she died, in such an abrupt and brutal way, well it pretty much instantly removed my soul and my sanity for a year and a half, shattering all of my known regulatory abilities to maintain any sense of normalcy that I’d once understood. I have never been the same.

Helen loved CraftNight. Whenever she visited town, she’d try to come to it and take part in the crafting. She was generous, fearless, and a big fan of “together art.” This compelled me to not cancel CraftNight the week of her death, even though I could barely function. And I’m glad I did it, because even though I felt the most crushed and frail and vulnerable, people came to me. We were together, doing and making art… even in a perfunctory numb sense, even though no one had any words, we had crafts. This was community, and it is why CraftNight is very much still happening, and now in it’s 15th year.

Before, CraftNight had always been there for others, but now I needed it more than ever.

The power of CraftNight is it’s constancy, it’s a light in the dark, it’s art in a world where people think that art and connection is unimportant, eschewed, forgotten, and lost. I share myself with you every week, reaching out even on days when I want to retreat, because I am committed to my life’s work: Making art, and getting you to make art also. Just when I feel like I can’t do it, you are there to do it with me, and I am restored.

Over the years, CraftNight has lost more than one Crafter. Tonight, we will have a candle lit for those we love and miss who used to sit with us at the Craft Table. In December of 2016, we lost Mel Ba, who was so goddamn sweet and tiny and awesome and arty! She would come on in and sit down and craft like there was no tomorrow. The last time I saw her, she was ailing big time, and said so as much, but after she hugged me, she walked right past me and reached for the supplies, because gurrrl, she had crafting to do.

I don’t like to be on display when I am vulnerable and thinky. But I also don’t believe in keeping grief shrouded, I prefer to stay lucid, to confront the excruciating and uncomfortable feelings as best as I can. Making a commitment to share this with you is part of what has opened my eyes and further honed my beliefs in arts and letters and love: we need each other.

Helen’s films can be viewed here, May I recommend “Scratch and Crow” for today’s cloudy day, a meditation of sorts, poetry and animation, not shy, ever endearing, forever brave. I will always have the joy, laughter and lessons Helen and I  learned together, and the things she taught me. Speaking of which:

In 2017, prepare to make more trouble, it’s CraftNight’s new year’s resolution. We will be using our voices, our puffballs, paint and glitter and glue to take action. We shall be visible, we shall be outspoken, and ready to help California fight the coming administration on climate change, immigration, healthcare, LGBT issues and more.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

 

Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Winter Break Continues…

Winter Break is Upon Us, Happy Holidays from CraftNight! 

Time to take some rest, sip hot cider slowly, not move around a whole lot, and build strength for 2017.

Our very first CraftNight of 2017 shall commence on January 4th at 9pm, come on in and get warm, have a beverage, have hugs and have fun with us!

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain

 

Posted by on December 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

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TONIGHT! Paint a Seasonal Figurine! • December 14th, 2016

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TONIGHT! Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Paint a Seasonal Figurine! 
$3 Donation Please 
$4 Drink specials! Akbar: Laughin’ it, Livin’ it, Lovin’ It!  
*** LAST WEEKEND OF SHOWS: Our SparkleBlob Holiday show is HERE! “The SnowGlobe of Progress: An Urban Puppet’s Contemplation” made TimeOut and KCRW’s lists!!! We’ve got home made hot buttered rums, baked goods, snow globes and oh yeah, a SHOW!!!  

Come on over and paint a little snowperson, or a Santa, or a reindeer! Every week, CraftNight strives to deepen community ties and create a lil’ arty enclave for you to express yourself through making fun and easy projects. Cozy on over and sip a cocktail, let us discuss glitter and googly eyes, puffballs and pipe cleaners.

You may have no idea how you strengthen CraftNight by dropping in, but believe me, you are part of the web of relationships that connects us! Our bar on the corner has been here almost two decades, on New Year’s Eve, it’s our 20th Anniversary! As we bring 2016 to an end and begin preparations for the next trip around the globe together, it’s all about connection. Besides having opposable thumbs, being there for one another in our especially annoyingly human way is one of the top reasons why being human is cool.

We have a biggie-stinky-hurkin’ wheelbarrow of manure to shovel in 2017, and it’s not a one person job. There’s no time for lone wolves. Time to ask for help, time to be strong enough to ask for help, and we have to take care of each other, be visible and active, practice reciprocity and learn lessons from each other.

Interdependence is the new Independence. And cookies. Really a lot of cookies.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


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SparkleBlob Presents
THE SNOWGLOBE OF PROGRESS
An Urban Puppet’s Contemplation

DECEMBER 9th – 18th in BURBANK!!!  

PUPPETS • ALL AGES SHOW • LGBTQ FRIENDLY • FAMILY FRIENDLY • LIBERAL NOTIONS • SNACKS • BEVERAGES • POPCORN • SINGING • LIVE BAND! 

Direct from Burbank, California, celebrate the tradition of amorphous blobs, robots, and kombucha nog this festive holiday season! Your favorite annual puppet show is back with a story of our sparkling sprawling winter wonder southland in it’s snowiest, flakiest splendor yet! Cozy up to the candy-coated chaos you’ve come to love and expect from Silverlake’s Most Well-Adjusted Family, Tree, and Santa Gorn!

*** Special Show Warning – Look out for flying gelt!

More info about the show HERE

Get Tickets from Brown Paper Tickets right this second HERE 

Wanna volunteer and be an usher or concessions helper? (Volunteers can see the show for free!) Contact: sparkleblobbateers@gmail.com

 

Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Painting Craft

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